The city has suspended three liquor establishments. Two were suspended for selling alcohol to underage patrons and a third for selling before the legal hour on a Sunday, according to municipal records.
The city issued a three-day liquor license suspension to the Bonfire Restaurant on Wednesday night in response to a large fight that erupted inside the business in late June.
Rami Shalhoub, owner of the troublesome Habibi Cafe and Hookah Lounge, claims to have reformed himself. He re-branded his business and received municipal approvals to operate the Mazzika Restaurant in place of his old café.
The city suspended the liquor license for New Ranchi City, a bar infamous for having a cockfighting ring operating out of its Market Street basement, on Wednesday evening. A six-month suspension was issued by the Paterson Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
A Paterson-based travel company has been ordered to cease operation and pay $277,000 for defrauding customers, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.
The local nonprofit group CUMAC received a $20,000 grant award from NEC Foundation of America for a new security system.
The 1,726-square-foot storefront next to the S&A Store on Main Street is being renovated to house the downtown Paterson branch of M&T Bank. Construction is slated to start in the fall to convert the retail space at 162 Main Street into a bank branch.